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Windows 10 Feature Update 1903 is available

The Spring 2019 feature update is available now. feature updates are different than cumulative updates in that they happen twice a year (March and September), are larger, and contain changes to the Windows 10 functionality rather than just software fixes. The update may require about an hour to download and install in a typical situation.

If your Windows 10 PC does not automatically start this update, noted as a FEATURE update instead of the usual CUMULATIVE update, then you can force it yourself by browsing to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 on the Microsoft web site.

This will show you a big blue button Update Now which you click. Follow the prompts (2-3 clicks) and come back later. This feature update will need more time than cumulative updates to download and install.

The most obvious (end user) change that I noticed is that Cortana and Search are now two separate symbols on the task bar by the Windows Menu.

There are also a few changes to the Update & Security page. Click the Windows menu, then the Settings gear, then Update & Security. You can now pause updates. For a nice presentation of the new features there is a slide show available under Explore New Features.

The new content (pro version) can be found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/whats-new/whats-new-windows-10-version-1903, and https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/What-s-new-for-IT-pros-in-Windows-10-version-1903/ba-p/622024. The general page with Microsoft links to changes by version is at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/whats-new/ and the general sales page with features for consumers (end users) is at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features.

The Windows Console Team has also added some new features, such as the ability to access Linux files. You can read the official documents at https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/whats-new-for-wsl-in-windows-10-version-1903/.

The best way to get started with this feature is to open your Linux files in File Explorer! To do this, open your favorite distro, make sure your current folder is your Linux home directory, and type in:

explorer.exe

This will open a File Explorer window, showing the files located inside of your Linux distro’s filesystem… From here you can access whatever Linux files you would like, just like you would any other file through File explorer. This includes operations such as: dragging files back and forth to other locations, copy and paste, and even interesting scenarios like using the context menu to open VSCode in a WSL directory!

Remember that Windows 10 has been able to run OpenSSH for some time now, allowing us to shell into Windows 10 and shell out from Windows 10.


Dark Reading was good today

Dark Reading was good today. Several interesting tid bits. Suggest that you check it out at http://www.darkreading.com/

Accused LinkedIn, DropBox Hacker Appears in US Court After Diplomatic Battle

In the Czech Republic since October 2016, Yevgeniy Nikulin had requested asylum there after warrants for his arrest were issued by both Russia and the US. The Czech government denied his bid for asylum and turned him over the US, where he appeared in a federal courtroom on Friday morning.

Nikulin, the Russian hacker accused of being responsible for breaching DropBox and the 2012 LinkedIn attack that saw 117 million passwords stolen, has been extradited to the US in a process that has implications for the larger relationship between the US and Russia.  https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/accused-linkedin-dropbox-hacker-appears-in-us-court-after-diplomatic-battle/d/d-id/1331413

The Cybersecurity Mandates Keep On Coming

With threats more complex than ever, and with more data to protect and more technologies touching that data, more cyber regulation is bound to happen. The questions are How can a company possibly keep up, and Are we safely in compliance? https://www.darkreading.com/risk/compliance/the-cybersecurity-mandates-keep-on-coming/a/d-id/1331366

Microsoft Rushes Out Fix for Major Hole Caused by Previous Meltdown Patch

While fixing an obscure potential vulnerability, they created a real hack vector! Don’t cha jus’ luv high tech?

Chris Goetti, director of product management at Ivanti, says … “When Microsoft issued a fix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, they made a mistake and ended up opening up read and write access in RAM so anybody could access anything in memory and write to it,”

Cautions Jack Danahy, CTO and co-founder of Barkly. “This is an easy-to-exploit zero-day vulnerability and a much more probable attack vector that the original problem that Microsoft was trying to correct. … Microsoft accidentally distributed a new zero-day vulnerability of their own design.”

Microsoft has rushed out an out-of-cycle security patch to address problems created by what were supposed to be fixes for the Meltdown vulnerability that it had previously issued for 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems. https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/microsoft-rushes-out-fix-for-major-hole-caused-by-previous-meltdown-patch/d/d-id/1331415#



Windows 10 Delete Fingerprint Data

How to remove fingerprints from Windows 10

If you ever delete an account from Windows 10 BUT FORGET to FIRST delete all the fingerprint data belonging to that account, the fingerprint data stays forever in that specific device. The only way you can create another account and use your fingerprints to login again is to get new fingerprints. 8*)

But there is a fix! Following the threads all afternoon I eventually came across this thread on Microsoft’s support blog. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/93a122ff-3455-4b29-b3e8-2b72d49d19e3/windows-81-delete-all-fingerprint-data?forum=w81previtpro

DELETE C:\Windows\System32\WinBioDatabase\[GUID].DAT file and then restart the computer.

I had to boot into a Linux partition to get enough “administrator rights” to delete the files, but once deleted I could once more use the fingerprint functionality.

 


Windows 10 Upgrade Change

locked-computer-cartoonMicrosoft has changed their position on encouraging users of the old Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade to the Windows 10 platform. Windows 10 will effectively be the “last” Windows as there will not be replacements, rather merely updates and upgrades as in Linux.

As such, those who miss this opportunity to upgrade will eventually end up paying money to buy Windows 10 Readmore..